Electric Pokémon: What are its energy sources?

Whether or not you are a big fan of Pokémon or have never picked up a Poké ball, you will surely have at least heard the name Pikachu. How could you ever forget the endearing electric Pokémon that followed Ash Ketchum everywhere?

But do you know where the Pikachu got its electricity from? And do you know how an electric Pokémon is armed? An electric Pokémon stores static electricity in its body and then release it in the form of an attack. Here is a tour of some of the most common energy sources and how they inspired the creators of the famous anime series to design an electric Pokémon. 

 

The power of wind energy in an electric Pokémon

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Wattrel, and the Kilowattrel into which it evolved, are two electric/flying Pokémons introduced in Generation IX. Both are shaped like birds and coloured black and yellow.  Their movements are a combination of electric, flying and normal attacks.

These Pokémons get their power from the electricity produced by their wing bones with air currents. Kilowattrel also stores the electricity generated by the wings in its chest, and can inflate it to further increase the intensity of the attacks. Just like electric batteries, which can save any surplus of solar energy produced and use it when necessary. There is no doubt that this storage capacity is one of the Kilowattrel's great advantages, And for users of solar panels!

Both Wattrel and its evolution have a special ability called "wind energy", which enables them to nullify the damage caused by a wind-based movement and take advantage of the load to double the power for the next electric movement.

 

Solar-powered electric Pokémon

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Helioptile and the Heliolisk into which it evolved, are based on solar energy. They are electric/normal Pokemons and both their names, which include the Greek word for sun; their yellow and black colours, and their shape, reminiscent of desert-dwelling lizards, reflect the strong bond between these Pokémons and the sun. In fact, a sunstone is used in the process to evolve from Helioptile to Heliolisk.

In this regard, both Pokémons are charged with electricity from the sun and accumulate enough energy to power and arm themselves. To do this, Helioptile has of cells on the sides of its head that function as solar panels, and Heliolisk has plates located on its sun-shaped ruff. Heliolisk is so powerful that it can generate enough solar energy to guarantee the electricity consumption for a large skyscraper or a small city.

Both Pokémons feature a hidden ability called "solar power," which is also present in other plant- or fire-type Pokémons. This power enables them to increase their special attack by 50% in sunny weather. In this regard, Helioptile works just like a real solar panel: This technology may produce between 10% and 15% less energy depending on how cloudy the sky is.

 

Magnets and electric Pokémons

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Magnemite, and its evolutions, base their shape and power on magnets and are easily recognisable because they consist essentially of one or more metal cores as a head and two or more magnets and screws. The magnetic fields they generate enable them to cancel out gravity and keep floating in the air to move. The magnets are so powerful that they can attract iron objects from a distance of up to 100m.

These Pokémons can be found in areas where there is electricity, such as power plants or storm clouds from which they take advantage of the electricity. Even when there are power cuts in the Pokémon world, people are advised to check that there is no Magnemite in the meters.

In addition to this family, there is also a regional type of Geodude in Alola, as well as its evolutions: Alola Graveler and Alola Golem also integrate the electric type, combined with stone, and based on magnetic fields. Their stone bodies are magnetised and attack by combining the power of stone and electricity.

Did you know that in real life magnets also have numerous applications in the field of electricity? Doorbells, microwave ovens, induction hobs, electric motors, magnetic suspension trains and dynamos are just some of the everyday devices that base their power on magnets.

 

Positive charge and negative charge in electric Pokémons

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In Generation III, two really likeable electric Pokémons, Minun and Plusle, were included in the saga that talks about the power of the combination of positive and negative charges. Both are very similar, with white rodent shapes reminiscent of Pikachu. Minun, with blue patches, has the negative sign on its cheeks and a blue tail shaped like a minus sign, while Plusle has the positive sign in red on its cheeks and tail.

The true power of both of these Pokémons comes when they fight together in battle because of the energy flow resulting from the combination of the opposing electric charge. Even when they are working as a defibrillator, together they can improve the circulation of the blood and revive a friend who has fainted.

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